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George Lazenby and three Bond Girls to attend Hollywood Show

By: Anders Frejdh
George Lazenby The Hollywood Show
James Bond actor George Lazenby and Bond girls Luciana Paluzzi, Martine Beswicke & Jill St. John is scheduled to attend The Hollywood Show at The Westin Los Angeles Airport in California on 28-29 July 2018.

2018 is the 28th year of promoting actors and actresses as well as offering rare movie memorabilia.

Opening times: (Early birds go in one hour earlier)
Friday: 6pm-9pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 11am-4pm

James Bond guests at The Hollywood Show in July 2018

Luciana Paluzzi - Even though she had an extensive resume before and after her brush with Bond, audiences worldwide still remember her best as the fiery, red-haired villainess she played in Thunderball (1965). Paluzzi originally auditioned for the part of the lead Bond girl, "Domino" Palazzi. The producers eventually cast a former Miss France, Claudine Auger, because they wanted to launch a new girl with each new Bond movie and Luciana was already well established with movie audiences in Europe. Initially crestfallen when informed she did not get the part, Paluzzi rejoiced when told her consolatory prize was the part of the "bad girl", Fiona Volpe, which she said was "more fun to play".

Martine Beswick - Although she auditioned for the first Bond film Dr. No, she was cast in the second film From Russia with Love as the fiery gypsy girl, Zara. She engaged in the famous "catfight" scene with the rival Vida (played by former Miss Israel Aliza Gur). She was incorrectly billed as "Martin Beswick" in the title sequence. Beswick then appeared as the ill-fated Paula Caplan in Thunderball. She had been away from the Caribbean so long that she was required to sunbathe constantly for two weeks before filming in order to look like a local.

Lois Maxwell, Luciana Paluzzi, Martine Beswicke, Sean Connery, Claudine Auger & Mollie Peters in a publicity still for Thunderball
Lois Maxwell, Luciana Paluzzi, Martine Beswicke, Sean Connery, Claudine Auger & Mollie Peters in a publicity still for Thunderball.

Jill St. John - Her most famous role was as Tiffany Case, the Bond girl in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever where she starred opposite Sean Connery directed by Guy Hamilton. Jill was the first American to play a Bond girl.

Sean Connery and Jill St. John during the filming of Diamonds Are Forever
Sean Connery and Jill St. John during the filming of Diamonds Are Forever.

George Lazenby - In 1968, after Sean Connery quit the role of James Bond, producer Albert R. Broccoli noticed Lazenby when getting their hair cut at the same barber. He later saw him in the Big Fry commercial and felt he could be a possible Bond, calling him in for a screen test. Lazenby dressed for the part by sporting several sartorial Bond elements such as a Rolex Submariner wristwatch and a Savile Row suit (ordered, but uncollected, by Connery). The position was consolidated when Lazenby accidentally punched Yuri Borienko, a professional wrestler who was acting as stuntman, in the face, impressing the producers who had been reluctant after finding out George had been a model. Director Peter Hunt later claimed that Lazenby won the role based on a screen-test fight scene, the strength of his interviews, fight skills and audition footage.

Previous editions of The Hollywood Show featured on From Sweden with Love:
>Hollywood Show in Chicago (October 2016)
>Hollywood Show in Los Angeles (July 2016)
>Hollywood Show in Los Angeles (October 2013)
>Hollywood Show in Los Angeles (July 2013)
>Hollywood Show in Los Angeles (April 2012)
>Hollywood Show in Chicago (October 2010)
>Hollywood Show in Burbank (July 2010)
>Hollywood Show in Burbank (July 2009)
>Hollywood Show in Burbank (February 2009)
>Hollywood Show in Burbank (October 2008)
>Hollywood Show in Burbank (October 2007)

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